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Volume 11,  Issue 11,  Nov. 2011

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Tyler DunnSpoons – An Absolute Must For All Anglers!
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By: Tyler Dunn   Tyler Dunn Guiding

If there is one all around lure that an angler could get away with using throughout the entire year and it would give them an excellent shot at landing a fish, it would be a spoon. Pike, walleye, salmon, bass and all trout take spoons either by casting, trolling or jigging them. The vibrations and flash given off from a spoon entices some of my biggest fish throughout the year. This spring in fact, I hooked and landed the biggest pike of my season north of Hornepayne on a custom taped Williams Wobler. This spoon almost didn’t come off my line anytime I was I pike territory over our 4 day trip. Spoons are such a versatile tool for an angler. You can cast and troll them in both deep and shallow water. Burn them over top of weed beds or slow roll them along deep, rocky drop-offs. The following are some tips for anyone looking to catch more fish on spoons!

Brook Trout Fishing with a spoonSpoons can put into three different categories which are casting, trolling and jigging. Some spoons can be used for both trolling and casting while even a few can be used for all three techniques. The biggest difference in casting and trolling spoons is simply the weight and the gauge of metal the spoons are made from. Casting spoons are thicker and trolling spoons tend to be much thinner. An EGB is an ideal example for a great casting spoon. It has a small and compact shape but is heavy enough to cast with some distance. An EGB was actually the lure that took the biggest brook trout on our last May long weekend at a lodge north of Elliot Lake. My cousin was lucky enough to pull the 21” trout off a rocky shoreline we were bombing casts along.

Trolling spoons (flutter spoons) are almost always a light gauge spoon with a ton of action. Whipping these lures around with manoeuvres like a sharp s- turn with a short speed burst often triggers vicious strikes. These methods work especially well in rivers where the current will move that lure around with an unbelievable amount of flash and dance and is something I use regularly on the St. Mary’s river. Being so light, casting a flutter spoon can be quite hard. That being said, a little bit of weight added like a few large split shots will help with a little bit of extra distance and help keep it down in the water while you retrieve.

Jigging spoons on the other hand can be both a heavy gauge metal and a thin gauge metal. Jigging with spoons is quite possibly the easiest t way to fish. Simply drop an anchor or use your bow mount to hold vertical or slowly drift maintaining a vertical presentation. Almost touch the water with the tip of your rod and then snap the rod up. The power and length of your snap is up to you but generally a two foot raise is what I begin with. Since jigging spoons have different actions due to size, shape and weight having a variety of options is a must especially when ice fishing. Swedish pimples are ideal for getting down to bottom quick and working the lower portion of the water column. Pounding a pimple off bottom accounts for dozens of lake trout each year for me on back lakes found in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Another spoon that is responsible for taking a ton of vertical lake trout is a Williams jigging spoon in hammered half and half (gold/silver). I like to work this spoon in the middle part of the water column with ripping jigs.

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One thing I have learned over the years of tossing spoons is that adding prism tape, feathers, rattles, beads and other unique items can be a great asset for catching fish and saving money. Trolling spoons are especially prone to losing the tape/colour applied by the manufacture only after a couple hits or even just peeling over time. Instead of discarding these lures the original tape jobs cab be recreated using prism tape. Another option is to buy blank spoons and get creative with your own colours patterns. If it doesn’t catch a fish just re-tape a new pattern on. Another good tip is to glue small rattles your spoons. Often in dirty water or even on dark days a rattles seems put a few extra fish in the boat.

Anglers can chuck spoons for pretty any sport fish found in Ontario and have a great chance at catching one. Spoons are always in my arsenal, it doesn’t matter if I’m targeting spring pike, summer lakers or salmon in the fall. Whichever species you target, toss a spoon and there’s a good chance you’ll get a bite!

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